Edwin van der Heide

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Born 1970. Lives in Rotterdam. He is working as autonomous artist in the field of sound, space and interaction. His original background is in electronic music. He graduated from the Institute for Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 1992. His current work is hard to define in the traditional terms of music, sound art or media art because he is permanently working on the edge and the characteristics of the used medium. In this sense the medium does not just mediate but is being explored and redefined. Although qualities of musical language are being used in the development of the work it does not mean that the presentation form of the work is necessarily related to the concert form known in music. The result can either be an installation, a performance or an environment. In 1995 he was invited to become a teacher at the interfaculty Image and Sound / ArtScience of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Arts Academy in The Hague. Since 2002 he also teaches for the students of the Master of Media Technology program at Leiden University.

In 1989 Edwin van der Heide started giving performances with custom build sensor based instruments. This let to a from of music with a strong physical approach and an emphasis on sound itself. The formation of Sensorband in 1993/1994 was a continuation in this direction. While performing he developed more and more an interest in space/spaces. He realised that it would be possible to approach a space as an instrument and, even one step further, to approach the human senses and the perception of the audience as an instrument for which you could compose. Over the years the focus of his work has shifted to sound installations, interactive installations and environments. The performance aspect is still present in part of the work but the emphasis has shifted to the content of the environment and less focus on the performer.